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There are a few things to do in Durham Region and the GTA if you didn’t get a chance to go off to one of Ontario’s many bodies of water this Canada Day long weekend to fend off the sweltering temperatures of the last few days. Well, you can still head out to one of Durham Region or Toronto many beaches or outdoor pools, cool off and then at sundown join the crowds to celebrate together Canada’s 151th birthday. There are many activities going on east of the city and we at Alma Latina thought it would be good to give you some direction as of the many events taking place throughout the region and we picked some of our favourites for 2018.

As it is the tradition every year in Port Perry, Canada Day celebrations will take part at Palmer Park, right by the lake. It’ll be a day filled with all kinds of fun activities for young and young at heart. The celebrations begin at 10:30 a.m. with a parade through Historic Downtown Port Perry that includes antique cars, local athletes, bands and more. The day will continue with live performances, activities in the Kids’ Zone, tasty vendors and many other events for the entire family to enjoy. Fireworks will light up the sky right above Lake Scugog at 10:00 pm.

In Whitby, Victoria Fields, the Port Whitby Marina and the Whitby Yacht Club will be jam packed with entertainment and activities for everyone. Some of these include kids zone featuring giant inflatables, slides, obstacle course, carnival games, face painting, petting zoo, balloon artists more. There’ll be Food Trucks including poutine, BBQ’s, ice cream, pizza, sweets, pretzels, sandwiches, burgers & fries and carnival treats. Water activities and live music will also be taking place. The evening ends with fireworks!

The City of Oshawa’s celebration of Canada’s Birthday will take place at Lakeview Park. City of Oshawa festivities, fun and entertainment begin at 2:00 with live performances and actitivities for all ages. The day concludes at dusk with a grand finale fireworks display off the shore of Lake Ontario.

Cobourg and its beautiful lakefront grounds at Victoria Park kick it up a notch for the Canada Day celebrations with an entire weekend filled with fun activities for all during their Waterfront Festival, taking place all weekend long until Monday. As their website states, “The roots of the festival go back 51 years ago when a small art and craft show was held on beautiful Victoria Beach for Canada Day in 1967. The event included a fireworks display put on by local fire fighters to celebrate Canada’s Centennial.” For Canada Day there will also be an amazing fireworks display beginning at 10:00 pm. There is on-street parking available as well as free parking at lots in Donegan Park, the Cobourg Community Centre and Northumberland Mall. There will be a free shuttle service from all three sites.

Bowmanville and Newcastle will each host a variety of activities for all to enjoy, but fireworks take place in Bowmanville, at Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex (2440 Regional Highway 2). Day activities in Bowmanville include Live Music featuring The Charles Street Band and Tyler Lorette, food vendors including a BBQ sponsored by Enbridge, Pizza from Boston Pizza and the Enniskillen General Store Ice Cream Truck and in Newcastle, activities will take place at Memorial Park (Newcastle Library grounds) and they include free maple tree seedling, a movie in the park (“Loving Vincent” – at 7 p.m.) as well as live music and a dress up photo booth.

The City of Pickering goes all out (to the delight of its citizens) for every Canada Day celebration, with live performances that over the years have included Mastro Fresh Wes, Fefe Dobson and many more. This year Destination Pickering is hosting Canada Day celebrations starting at 7:00 pm with a concert featuring Blue Radio, the Ultimate Blue Rodeo tribute and as it has been a tradition year after year, closing with a giant pyro-musical fireworks show at dusk.

The Town of Ajax will host its own celebration this year that will also include fireworks at 10:00 pm, which will be set off during a nighttime extravaganza at Ajax Downs, 50 Alexander’s Crossing. The evening begins at 6:00 pm where attendees can enjoy gourmet food trucks, live performances (including a Bryan Adams tribute band), a licensed beer tent, portrait artists, game asylum and an aerial cirque show.

And if you want to venture into the city but don’t want to fight traffic going all the way to downtown Toronto, then neighbouring Scarborough is hosting a couple of events in celebration of Canada’s 151st birthday. Thomson Memorial Park (1005 Brimley Rd, Scarborough) will play host to a day-long Canada Day celebration that includes buskers, bouncy inflatables, Repitilia Animal show, an arts and craft show and sale, and concluding with a late-afternoon parade (4:00 pm).

Another Canada Day event taking place in Scarborough is happening outside Bridlewood Mall (Warden and Finch area), where the Heritage Skills Development Centre is hosting “Scarborough Celebrates Canada” event from 12:00 noon to 9:00 pm. Scarborough’s biggest outdoor Canada Day festival will celebrate diversity in the country. Featuring live music and dance performances from diverse local, national and international artists. A highlight of the event is the “Cultural pavilion” to exhibit various cultures, and a number of contests, including a dance competition, a raffle draw, a cultural clothing contest and prize giveaways. “Scarborough Celebrates Canada” will celebrate the strength of Canada’s multiculturalism while bridging social, cultural gaps by merging cultures, and encouraging community bonding,” said Charity Lebeanya, the Executive Director of the HSDC. “We invite everyone to participate in celebrating this amazing community event.”